Into Thin Air Into Thin Air is the definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Mount Everest--told by acclaimed journalist, and — bestselling author of Into the Wild and Eiger Dreams, Jon Krakauer. On assignment for Outside magazine, Krakauer, an accomplished — climber, went to the Himalayas to r... more »eport on the growing commercialization of the planet's highest mountain. Even though one climber in four dies attempting
to reach the summit of Everest, business is booming as guides take the rich and the adventurous up the mountain for a fee of $65,000. Krakauer examines what it is about Everest that has compelled so many people--including himself--to throw caution to the wind and willingly subject themselves to so much danger, hardship, and expense.« less
I ordered this title to listen to in the car-had to take it out and walk around the house with it in my portable CD carrier. It is that riveting, and educational, with its vivid descriptions of Mt. Everest, the rigors of grueling mountain climbing and its compelling protrayals of characters. Sadly, it is also a heartbreaking exploration into the whys people take risks and the dangers of the commercialization of individual achievement.